My research focuses on Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). In particular, I have been primarily exploring the algorithm development of numerical models and related NWP applications. I participated in NOAA's Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) project, which later evolved into the Unified Forecast System (UFS) project. NOAA commemorated my contributions with a gold coin medallion and a certificate of commendation. I later joined the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and was awarded a prestigious CAS talent start-up fund and an overseas excellent young scientists fund from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Academic Employment
2021 - Present

Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2016 - 2021
Associate Research Scholar

Princeton University / Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Advisor: Shian-Jiann Lin

2013 - 2016
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton University / Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Advisor: Shian-Jiann Lin

2006 - 2013
Graduate Student Research Assistant

University of Michigan

2006 - 2013
University of Michigan

Ph.D., Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences

Advisor: Joyce Penner

2002 - 2006
Peking University

B.Sc., Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Advisor: Zuntao Fu

Dr. Xi Chen presents about FV3 at PASC19, Zurich, Switzerland
Dynamical Core DevHiring

I am interested in dynamical core development with the Low-Mach number Approximate Riemann Solver (LMARS). LMARS is explicitly tailored towards geophysical fluid motions, which are primarily non-vacuum and non-sharp-discontinuous, therefore achieves high efficiency and accuracy comparing to traditional Riemann Solvers. LMARS connects the well-developed traditional non-staggered industrial CFD applications with simulating vastly varying scales of motions in complex geophysical flows. Applications in both Earth and Jovian planets atmosphere proves the desirable performance of the LMARS-powered dynamical cores.

NWP Applications

I am also working on various NWP related applications and products, such as weather service customizations, prediction validations, post-processing corrections. One of the most recent projects is to create a production-ready global dust-storm prediction system, which can accurately capture large-scale dust transportation processes and the detailed structures of the small-scale haboobs.

Selected Honors and Awards

Excellent Young Scientists Fund Program (Overseas)
National Natural Science Fund (2021)

NOAA Gold Coin Medallion and Certificate of Commendation
US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (2021)

"For your outstanding contributions to NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and their development and accelerated implementation of NOAA's flagship Forecast System GFSv15.1, a foundation for the FV3 based Unified Forecast System"

CAS Pioneer [4*25] Talents Program - category B
Chinese Academy of Sciences (2020)

Various Journal Reviewer Awards
Reviewer Award - Journal of Meteorological Research (2019)
Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing - Computers and Fluids (2017)
Certificate of Reviewing - Computers and Fluids (2017)
Various Top Downloaded/Cited Paper Awards
The Most Downloaded Paper Award - Progress in Earth and Planetary Science (2020)
Top Cited Article Award - Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (2018-2019)
Top Downloaded Paper Award - Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (2018-2019)
Top Downloaded Paper Award - Geophysical Research Letters (2018-2019)
Top Downloaded Paper Award - Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society (2018-2019)

All credits should go to the leading authors and all my brilliant partners. I am simply fortunate to be part of these fantastic projects.